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Half the time that Scott Miller (pictured) hits the Triangle he brings a band; the other half of the time he rides alone. Not that it matters: Miller's the kind of performer who excels both as a band leader and as just a guy with a guitar, coming off equal parts Loudon Wainwright III, pre-buff Bruce Springsteen, Roger Miller, and your smart-ass cousin (he's bringing his outfit the Commonwealth with him this trip). Last year's Thus Always to Tyrants, Miller's first release after the demise of much-loved road warriors The V-roys, presented well-written lessons in history, geography, and genealogy, driven by smartly structured roots rock. Opening his show this week at the Cat's Cradle is the perennially underrated Marlee MacLeod, out in support of album number five, Like Hollywood. MacLeod's sharply detailed writing and roots-leaning sound aligns her with folks like Cheri Knight and the Mary Janes. Her characters often seem to be working hard to apply hard-learned truths, whether bracing for an escape attempt--or maybe even following through--and the guitar-pop bounce that lightens some of her tunes makes you want to stick around to see how it all turns out. The show is this Friday, June 14, at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro. Call 967-9053 for details. --Rick Cornell

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